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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Search buildings plea over missing Cumbrian man, 26

Landowners are being urged to check their outbuildings for signs of a missing Penrith chef.

Thomas McMorrow photo
Tom McMorrow

Related: Family's anguish as search continues for missing Cumbrian man

It has now been five days since Thomas McMorrow – known as Tom – left his staff party at the Inn on the Lake, on the shores of Ullswater.

He left Sunday night’s festivities earlier than his colleagues, but has not been seen since.

Police have not given up hope of finding the 26-year-old and are appealing for anyone with property in the Glenridding area to check their buildings for signs that someone may have been sheltering within.

Tom’s father Fergus McMorrow, a former top officer at Copeland council, and Tom’s mother Eulyth, have been joined by Tom’s brother and many friends at the lake in the search for the missing man.

Despite horrendous weather conditions, extensive searches have been carried out by police, underwater search teams, mountain rescue teams and volunteers.

The alarm was raised after Thomas, a live-in chef at the George Hotel in Penrith, failed to turn up at work in Monday morning.

In a fresh appeal, his parents said: “Tom is a bright, personable young man. Tom was used to and well equipped for outdoor activities having a Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award, he was a strong swimmer and had a water lifesaver award and had undertaken St John first aid courses.

“We appeal for anyone who may have seen him or knows of his whereabouts to get in touch with the police.

“His family and friends in Penrith, and his large extended family around the country are very worried about him.

“If he is hearing this directly, then we appeal for him to contact us – we just want to make sure you are safe and well.”

Thomas went to Keswick School achieving excellent GCSE and A level grades. He had hoped to study medicine at university but, despite getting the required grades, he got no offers.

Instead he studied pharmacy at Manchester University, before deciding to move back to Cumbria to consider his career options.

A self-taught chef, he managed to acquire a job at the George Hotel.

Inspector David Willetts said: “We are continuing to search for Tom in the hope that we can bring him home to his family. We have spoken to people who were at the party that night and have been looking in the area for any signs of him.

“We are searching Ullswater as a precaution and underwater search teams have been looking in the vicinity of the pier and the water’s edge.

“We appeal to members of the public to help us find Tom. Anyone in the area of Glenridding who has outbuildings is asked to check for any signs of someone using them for shelter.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria police on 101 and speak to any officer at Penrith police station.

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